WATCH: Chris Christie Isn't a Bully, Still Doesn't Believe in Marriage Equality

The New Jersey governor sat down with CBS for a wide-ranging interview ahead of an expected 2016 presidential bid.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

September 30 2013 11:35 AM ET

New Jersey governor Chris Christie is many things, but delicate isn't one of them. The Republican leading a heavily Democratic East Coast state has made a reputation for himself by calling out stupidity, often outright calling people "idiot," "jerk," "stupid," or "crazy."

But that doesn't make him a bully, Christie told CBS's Tracy Smith Sunday. He's just a "fighter."

"I think a bully is abusive," explained Christie. "And a fighter is somebody who's willing to mix it up to defend his or her point of view." 

When asked by Smith if he believes in same-sex marriage, Christie was characteristically blunt. 

"I do not," replied the Republican governor, who vetoed a bipartisan marriage equality bill that landed on his desk in February 2012. "But what I will tell you is that I understand that good people of goodwill have a difference of opinion on this. And so my view is, put it on the ballot. Let the people decide."

Watch Christie's interview with CBS below, and jump to the 3:30 mark for his discussion of marriage equality — which notably lacks any mention of last week's state court ruling that declared New Jersey must recognize marriages between same-sex couples. Hours after that ruling was published, Christie promised to appeal that ruling all the way to the state Supreme Court if necessary.

 

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